Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life

by Bryan R. Johnson, edited by Cynthea Liu

Kid-Tested, Parent and Teacher Approved.

Mom’s Choice Award Gold Recipient - Children’s Anthologies

Royal Dragonfly Award Winner - Children’s Chapter Book

Wishing Shelf Award Winner - Children’s Chapter Book


Age Level: 6 and up ❘ Grade Level: 1 and up
Guided Reading Level: H-M ❘ Lexile Measure: 500-600L
: 1940556007
Hardcover: 194055604X
Kindle: B076H9H1ND
Audible: B07WTRS52X


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Life at Flint Hill Elementary School may seem normal, but seven friends find themselves on a path to crack the code for an epic life. Whether they're chasing their dreams on stage, searching for an elusive monster fish, or running a makeshift business out of a tree house, can these heroes find a way to work together to change their community?


About the book

  • Features diverse girl and boy characters with seven short stories that culminate in a clever twist.
  • Designed to be read independently for kids age 8-10 (3rd, 4th and 5th grade).
  • Great as a bedtime read-together for kids age 6-8 who are ready to tackle chapter books (1st, 2nd and 3rd grade).
  • Great for children who are are growing out of picture books and enjoy series books and chapter books with occasional illustrations.
  • Makes a wonderful casual gift or birthday gift for anyone looking for meaningful reading that is not related to video games, TV shows, or movies

Best for kids who…

  • adore realistic fiction books told with humor and tall-tale flair
  • enjoy stories about friendship, family, and school life
  • can identify with characters who love animals like dogs, cats, and cute baby chicks; enjoy singing, drawing, acting, playing sports, the great outdoors, and even running makeshift businesses on the side!
  • can relate to situations like wanting something really badly, but not being able to get it; feeling overshadowed or bullied by other kids at school; struggling with household responsibilities like cleaning one's room; and longing to pursue one's dreams and passions
  • are ready for more advanced chapter books and series books like Judy Moody, Stink, Dog Man, Weird School, A to Z Mysteries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Princess in Black, Never Girls, American Girl, Boxcar Children, Magic Treehouse, Captain Underpants, Geronimo Stilton, and anything for this age group by James Patterson, Andrea Beaty, Kate Dicamillo, Katherine Applegate, Beverly Cleary, or Roald Dahl.

Great for Gift-Givers, Parents, and Educators looking for ...

  • Entertaining stories with themes centered on strong values, morals, and ethics (without being overly didactic)
  • Humorous and heartwarming stories that emphasize collaboration, teamwork, and community to benefit the greater good
  • Opportunities to engage children in discussion about kindness, perseverance, integrity, character, friendship, identity, self-reliance, and self-worth
  • Books that feature relatable characters in various situations at home and at school to promote understanding and empathy for others


"Code 7 engages kids through entertaining stories that reveal important insights about character, integrity, and social responsibility. This book is an inspiration to children who wish to pursue their passions and bring original ideas into the world."

Adam Grant Wharton, Professor, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE and ORIGINALS

"Together, the various friends at Flint Hill have qualities that will help anyone, young or old, ‘crack the code to an epic life,’ as the book puts it. Johnson is a purposeful storyteller, and each of his seven tales embodies a different, important characteristic that a successful person should have."

Kirkus Reviews

"Every chapter offers a complete vignette from each fifth grader's point of view, and a satisfying conclusion. The last chapter brings all six characters together for one final tale. Readers will enjoy these stories involving a diverse group of likeable children who find themselves in funny (and most likely, familiar) situations. Educators and parents will appreciate the life lessons of caring, having a strong work ethic, and embracing teamwork that are so important during a child's formative years. A supplemental website provides a downloadable discussion guide and activity book that can be used to further enhance character education curricula. VERDICT Even if the book is purchased as a stand-alone title without using the website, it will be a suitable addition to any school library that is looking for short but fast-paced stories that reinforce pro-social behavior."

School Library Journal

"Code 7 is a staple for every school library and a valuable resource for educators who wish to grow motivated and socially responsible citizens in the classroom. Fun, vivid, and easy to read, this book is about understanding your passions, choosing a project that inspires you, and applying that to those who might need a helping hand. How can one possibly go wrong with that?"

Charles Best, CEO